MICHELE BERNARDI: THE ULTRACYCLIST WHO RIDES HIS OWN BICYCLES
Hi, everyone, My name is Michele Bernardi. I am a businessman, but I am particularly passionate about ultracycling. I started bicycle racing when I was 8 years old. I have to say that as a young kid I was really fast and I even won several races. However, my career ended at the age of 24. Bicycles were my passion but as I grew older I realized that it wasn’t really the competition that appealed to me; I just wanted to experience cycling in a different way. For me, every training session was a journey to discover different places and find new routes. Above all else, the bicycle was a means for me to get around, more than part of a competitive sport.
JESSICA PELLIZZARO: MTB IS IN THE PINK
Hi, everyone, My name is Jessica Pellizzaro and I am part of Team MTB Trek-Selle San Marco. This passion for MTB was handed down to me by my father and my brother. Every Sunday I would go to the races with them, so day by day, I also started to get into this sport. I started pedalling when I was 8 years old. I would go on rides with my dad on the hills around our home, until one day I decided that I, too wanted to participate in an actual race. From there I understood that I loved the world of competitions and I continued racing with my brother, Fabio.
FAUSTO MASNADA: “THE EEL FROM BREMBILLA
Hi, everyone, My name is Fausto Masnada, I’m 26 years old and I’m a rider for Team Androni Giocattoli Sidermec. This year in the Giro d’Italia I managed to capture a stage victory, dominating the fraction with arrival in San Giovanni Rotondo. However, this success started way back. I started sweating it out on a bike at the age of 6, thanks to a classmate who convinced me to try out for this sport. After two races, my friend moved on to other sports, while from that day on, I never looked back.
KILIAN BRON: A PROFESSIONAL DOWNHILL RACER…THANKS TO ENDURO
Hello everyone, My name is Kilian Bron, I am 27 years old and I am a French enduro/mtb rider. I compete for the Intensive Mavic Collective, a team we created in 2017 with Isabeau Courdurier (Women’s Enduro Vice-Champion) and Cédric Carrez (our Team Manager). Besides racing, I am also a media manager and I handle communications for some of my sponsors.
JOSEPH ARERUYA’S SPORTS FAIRYTALE: THE FIRST BLACK AFRICAN IN THE ROUBAIX VELODROME
Hello, everybody, My name is Joseph Areruya and I ride with the French team Delko Marseille Province. Last April 14th, I had the honour of becoming the first black African to participate in and complete the Paris-Roubaix, the legendary cobblestone classic. I was born 23 years ago in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. I started cycling when I was twelve years old. In my country the bicycle is a universal means of transportation, they are even used as taxis or to haul goods.
ALESSANDRO MOTTOLA: HOW BIOMECHANICS CAN REVOLUTIONIZE THE LIFE OF A CYCLIST
Hello, everyone, My name is Alessandro Mottola and I am a bio mechanic technician by trade. I live in Trentino, Italy, where I have established a company called “Ciclismo Tecnico”. It is the first biomechanical centre in the Region specialized in cycling. Every year I help more than 300 athletes, but my first client was actually me. In fact, I started this job out of personal necessity. After a terrible car accident, I couldn’t pedal on my bike like before. One of my legs was very painful and, even though I did all sorts of tests and had lots of doctors’ appointments, I couldn’t solve the problem. I spent a lot of time studying and researching Bio-mechanics. At first it was just a means to resolve my issues; then eventually the subject turned into my profession.
BEAT Cycling Club: a new cycling model
Hello everyone, My name is Geert Broekhuizen and I am one of the founders of BEAT Cycling Club. I live in Gand, Belgium, but I was born in Holland 33 years ago. I was introduced to the world of cycling at a very young age. Actually, I started my career in sports as a skater. Speed skating is a very popular sport in the Netherlands, and many athletes train in summer by cycling. This is where my passion for cycling began. My first working experience was on a women’s cycling team with the ex-sprinter from Holland Jean-Paul van Poppel.
VERY NORMAL RIDER
ALESSANDRO TONELLO: A LIFE ON THE ROAD
Hi everyone, My name is Alessandro Tonello and I’m a huge sports fan. I did Alpine skiing competitively for many years. However, after the birth of my son I couldn’t pursue this sport any more, but thanks to a biker friend of mine I started riding bikes. I have to say that thanks to him a whole new world opened up to me, one where I always love to put myself to the test and try to overcome my limits. Anyway, ever since I was little, I always did lots of physical activities and even though I am 33 years old now I find it impossible to give up this lifestyle.
HENK OPGENOORT: A LIFE SPENT ON AIRPLANES AND BIKE
Hi, everyone, My name is Henk and I am a pilot for KLM. I fly around the World, but I am also an avid cyclist. Both of these activities are very important to me, in addition of course to my family; I have two small children with my wife, who also used to work for KLM as a hostess. When I come home to Amsterdam to recuperate from those long flights, I relax by riding one of my two Baum Cycles model bikes and both are equipped with the Selle San Marco Aspide Carbon FX model.
FROM SOSPIROLO (BL) TO NEPAL: 10,000 KM BY BICYCLE TO DO MY PART TO HELP A GREAT PEOPLE
Hello, everyone, My name is Fausto De Poi and I am a house painter. I was I was born and raised in a small town in the Province of Belluno called Sospirolo 39 years ago and now I feel the inevitable onset of middle age. Last July 15th I set off from Sospirolo by bicycle to ride all the way to Nepal. It was just me, my Verdolina (the name I gave my bicycle) and a backpack weighing 50 Kg to keep me company over the 10,000 Km I intended to ride. You must be asking why someone would do all of this. Let me back up a bit.
SAMUELE PORRO: A TYPICAL DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ITALIAN CHAMPION
Hello everyone, My name is Samuele Porro and I’m an athlete from Team Trek-Selle San Marco. I’ve been racing MTB since I was 13 years old. I got into this sport after suffering a serious injury to my knee that prevented me from pursuing track and field athletics, which was my first real passion. My physical therapist suggested I try the world of MTB in order to strengthen the joint, and it was love at first sight.
INGO ENGELHARDT: CYCLING WITH RAD RACE MEANS PASSION AND FUN
Hi, guys, My name is Ingo Engelhardt and I am one of the founders of RAD RACE. What is RAD RACE? To put it simply, our motto is: “Stop Racism - Start Raceism!” It doesn’t matter what type of bike you have, the colour of your skin or your religion. It doesn’t matter where you come from. We here at RAD RACE want to share our passion for cycling with you.
NEVER GIVE UP: JOZEF METELKA’S NEW LIFE
Hi, guys, My name is Jozef Metelka and I am a Paralympic athlete in road and track cycling. Yes, unfortunately I lost my left leg a couple of years ago in a motorcycle accident, but this doesn’t stop me from making my dreams come true. On the contrary, what happened to me made me even stronger in life and allowed me to achieve my goals.
I JUST NEED A BIKE AND MY DOG TO BE HAPPY
I mean, what really matters in life? I guess being healthy, surrounded by the ones you love and being able to do things that make you happy; that’s pretty much it. I am lucky. I have it all and I am so grateful. Nothing hurts. I survived a brain tumor. I have a wonderful family and a dog. I have achieved what I wanted in my sport and I can ride my bike whenever and wherever I want. It sounds cheesy but our decisions are ours to make, so make sure they make your heart beat in the right way.
ANDREA PASQUALON AND HIS UPCOMING TOUR DE FRANCE
Hello everyone, My name is Andrea Pasqualon and I’m a professional cyclist on Team Wanty – Groupe Gobert. Before embarking on a career as a rider, I competed in Alpine Skiing in the Sci Club Enego 2000; I even garnered some significant results. Being born and raised in Enego, it was only natural I should get into skiing and winter sports at a young age.
ENRICO BONSEMBIANTE’S GIRO D’ITALIA
Hi, everyone, My name is Enrico Bonsembiante and I was born 38 years ago in Valdobbiadene. Cycling has always been my life and luckily I’ve managed to stay in this world, even after I retired from racing.
FABIAN RABENSTEINER AND HIS ABSA CAPE EPIC
Hello, Everyone, My name is Fabian Rabensteiner, and I’m an athlete for Team Trek-Selle San Marco. I have been riding MTB at the highest level for 10 years now. Adrenaline has always been an essential component in my life. In fact, when I was a kid I used to bobsled.
OMAR DI FELICE: THE “POLAR” ULTRACYCLIST
Hello, everyone, I am Omar Di Felice, and I am an “Ultracyclist” I fell in love with cycling when I was 13 years old. I was a big fan of Marco Pantani’s and admired his sports accomplishments, particularly his amazing victory at Aprica in 1994.